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The Rising Demand for Clean Cosmetics and Its Impact on the Industry and Retailers

September 11, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Cosmetic and beauty trends can change on a dime, as new technologies are developed and consumer tastes and loyalties shift. Most recently, the trend has been toward clean cosmetic brands that appeal to the newest generation of customers. These socially responsible consumers are choosing brands that are organic, sustainable and Eco-friendly, causing more traditional manufacturers to put increased focus on ingredient transparency in order to remain competitive.

This trend is having an impact on major retailers... Continue reading

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The Legalization of Hemp in Ohio

August 28, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Passage of the Farm Bill by the United States Congress last year, including hemp and its use, have spurred changes in Ohio’s laws to make it a legal crop that farmers can cultivate and process. Ohio is one of the most recent states to take the steps towards legalizing hemp and there are hopes that it will pave the way into a new industry.


Senate Bill 57, which establishes conditions and requirements governing the... Continue reading

Cosmetic Regulations and the E.U. Part 2: Cosmetic Product Development and the Key Phases of Compliance

August 13, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Despite the many regulatory challenges that present themselves when trying to bring a product to market, cosmetic manufacturers are committed to providing safe products to consumers. But identifying the key cosmetic regulations and becoming acquainted with the various governmental and industry agencies are only the first stages of ensuring compliance during the cosmetic product development process. Everyone involved in the product development and supply chain has a role in achieving compliance and should have a solid understanding of the regulations associated with each step.

Role of the Responsible Person

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REACH Compliance and Chemical Manufacture in the EU

August 12, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Chemicals are an established component of everyday life. They are prevalent in almost every aspect of modern life, from cleaning products to paints, cosmetics to clothing, furniture to food storage. Chemicals clean and deodorize our homes, power our transportation, green our lawns and kill our weeds, preserve our skin, even clothe our bodies – it is difficult to name an industry where chemicals do not have broad reach. Chemical use is so widespread that even the bodies of the most isolated tribes people can be shown to have trace amounts of man-made chemicals in them.

This prevalence of chemicals in the world... Continue reading

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Cosmetic Regulations and the E.U. Part 1 – Understanding Key Regulations and Regulatory Agencies

July 29, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

The cosmetics industry is thriving, largely unaffected by fluctuations in global or local economies. Every week, it seems, new products are introduced to the market to help keep skin smooth, hair silky, teeth gleaming, and beards trimmed. Cosmetic usage is consistently increasing across demographic groups, and shows no signs of slowing down, with a projected worldwide revenue of 0 billion USD by 2024. Not too bad for an indus... Continue reading

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The Cosmetic Hygiene Safety Act in Taiwan Officially Comes Into Force

July 26, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

The Statue for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene in Taiwan has officially been replaced by the Cosmetic Hygiene Safety Act, now in force as of July 1, 2019. The establishment of this new cosmetics regulation inherently brings with it many significant new changes that impact industry both locally and those intending to export cosmetic products into Taiwan.  

Going forward, the general cosmetics category will remain however the medicated cosmetics category is now referred to as specific purpose cosmetics in the new regulation. In addi... Continue reading

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State of New York Bill (Assembly 6295A/Senate 4389B 1,4-Dioxane) Chemical Regulatory Update

July 26, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

A bill further restricting the presence of 1,4-Dioxane within certain types of consumer products has recently passed both the Assembly and Senate and currently awaits signature by the governor of the state of New York. 

These new rules are being championed by the Long Island, New York based senator Todd Kaminsky, who is currently an environmental committee chairman in the Senate and has been v... Continue reading

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Update to OTC Sunscreen Drug Products for Human Use

July 18, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

On June 26, 2019, both the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA) sent a deferral request to the FDA concerning eight of the 12 ingredients in the proposed sunscreen monograph due to the shift from Category I to Category III proposed classification.  


The eight ingredients referenced are as follows:


• Avobenzone

• Homosalate

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Animal Testing and the Cosmetic Industry

July 17, 2019
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Category: Events

Through the latter half of the century, cosmetic testing on animals was the industry standard for validating the safety of cosmetic products, screening chemicals, dyes, and other ingredients used for any negative impact to human health. As consumers clamor for products developed without such testing, more countries are adopting legislation eliminating cosmetic testing on animals. 

Driven largely by consumer and advocacy group demands for cruelty-free products, the movement toward alternative methods began with the founding of the John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal... Continue reading

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California SB-574 Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2019 Update

July 02, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Passage of California bill SB-574 Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2019 appears likely to come to fruition in some form of its current draft. The bill sets out to expand existing cosmetic fragrance and flavor chemical disclosure requirements intended to allow consumers to make informed decisions about the cosmetic products they purchase. 

Two amendments to the bill have a... Continue reading

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U.S. Cosmetic Regulations and the FDA

June 18, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Deciphering FDA cosmetic regulations is a bit like solving a puzzle. There are clear directives guiding the manufacture and packaging of a cosmetic product, others to prevent misbranding, adulteration, or the use of certain banned substances. But deciding whether a product is a cosmetic or a drug — and which regulations apply to which product — can be like trying to fit jagged pieces together while blindfolded and with one hand tied behind your back.

The t... Continue reading

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Cosmetic Product Regulation and the Development of the PIF File

June 05, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Directive 76/768/EEC has been governing the composition, labeling, and packaging of finished cosmetic products in the European Union (EU) since 1976 and required that manufacturers keep a record of all pertinent product information. In 2003, the Directive was revised to include new requirements for a more detailed product information file (PIF) and a cosmetic safety assessment.

In 2009, Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009 was adopted, becoming the primary regulatory standard for cosmetic products created and proposed for sale on the EU market. This regulation gre... Continue reading

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Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and How They are Used by the Cosmetics Industry

June 05, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

If you manufacture or market a cosmetic product that exposes individuals to potentially hazardous chemicals, then you are legally required to inform them of these hazards. This is the idea behind a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

A Safety Data Sheet gives information about the chemical composition, physical and chemical properties, and associated health risks to individuals and the environment. If you manufacture or market beauty or skincare products, an SDS is necessary in order fo... Continue reading

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CBD Oil: Challenges and Opportunities for the Beauty Industry

June 04, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Many health benefits and uses of CBD oil are being explored, however, conclusive research is still required in many of these areas. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is quickly becoming more popular in the beauty industry. The movement has been gaining momentum for a long time but is now starting to take off in popularity after the legalization of marijuana in certain states. Still, navigating a regulatory minefield is a necessity to marketing a CBD oil product successfully and avoiding any unwanted state or federal level scrutiny. It is critical to have a clear understanding of a product's claims and its intended benefits since t... Continue reading

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EU Ban Update on Silicone Materials D4, D5, D6

May 24, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

ECHA continues to move forward with formally establishing a ban on silicone materials D4, D5, D6, which are widely used in cosmetic products within the EU. Existing as of today, REACH Annex XVII restricted substances (EU) 2018/35 released January 10, 2018, states cosmetic products containing D4 and D5 shall not be placed on the market in wash-off cosmetic products in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight of either substance after January 31, 2020. This restriction allows for the presence of these substances at less than 0.1% within the final formulation as residual material only and not intentionally... Continue reading

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Will the Sunscreen Active Ingredients You are Using Be Around in 2020?

May 01, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

The FDA issued the Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use Proposed Final Monograph on February 26, 2019, which categorizes the most current Sunscreen Active Ingredients as Category 3 (additional data needed). It calls for several new tests on sunscreen active ingredients in order for them to be reinstated to Category 1 (generally recognized as safe and effective).


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New York Assembly Bill 6295 Introduced to Ban 1,4-Dioxane in Personal Cosmetic Products and Household Cleansing Products

April 17, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

New York has introduced Assembly Bill 6295 to amend the Environmental Conservation Law in regards to prohibiting the use of 1,4-Dioxane in personal cosmetic products and household cleansing products, which is designed to help prevent water contamination from this ingredient.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies 1,4-Dioxane as a "likely carcinogen to humans," which is currently found in cosmetics, detergents, deodorants and shampoos. Once used by consumers, the ingredient ends up washed down the drain and enters local water sy... Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About Nutrition Facts Label Requirements

April 15, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

With initial guidance documents now available in regards to how manufacturers list nutrition information on their products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hopes to eliminate consumer’s misperceptions around what exactly they’re putting in their bodies.

For manufacturers, this means increased specificity in listing nutrition information, a nutrition label redesign, rethinking the portion sizes of their produ... Continue reading

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Understanding California’s Prop 65 Labeling Requirements

April 04, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

Businesses and manufacturers in California face stricter regulations around how they create and place product warning labels on their products. This bill, known as California Proposition 65, is poised to clear up ambiguity and hold corporations accountable for potentially exposing their customers to any naturally occurring or synthetic chemicals in their goods that are known to the state of California to cause cancer, congenital disabilities, or to harm the reproductive process.

What is Prop 65?

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European Union & Brexit 2019: Major Changes on the Horizon

April 01, 2019
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Category: Regulatory News

The cosmetics industry is facing some major regulation changes within the EU in 2019 and awareness is key to staying ahead of the game in terms of compliance. Among these changes should be some form of final outcome regarding Brexit and potential separation from the EU. Clarity is certainly needed to mitigate considerable disruption to companies intending to do business in the UK.


The EU industry's inspection priorities have been identified by the Health Authorities. These include Nanomaterials, Organic & Natural claims, Metrology contr... Continue reading

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